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National Calls Attention to City’s Proposal to Move Carrall Street

Residents of The National (1128 Quebec Street) have put out a document that shows serious concern over the City of Vancouver’s proposal to move Carrall eastward. The document outlines the City’s move that would allow more Concord Pacific condos on the shoreline and less waterfront park space.

“The most recent park design gives Concord Pacific more waterfront property to build residential towers, while shifting the Creekside Park extension to the area under the Skytrain line and next to the new six-lane Pacific Ave.”

“The original development plan for Creekside Park promised in 1990 was a contiguous east-west park alignment. Currently, the City of Vancouver is proposing a north-south alignment to the park, thus moving the park further away from the waterfront.”

You can read the original document here.

Help shape your flats

Please join us on Wednesday, January 25th for our final open house and see how your input has helped to shape the draft plan for your False Creek Flats.

Come out anytime between 5 and 8 pm to learn more about the plan, ask questions to City staff, and provide your feedback on the proposed policies poised to shape the future of the area.

Look over the material while enjoying local, Flats-made food and beverages from C’est Si Bon and Strange Fellows Brewing.

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: 281 Industrial Avenue (enter off of Southern St.)

The False Creek Flats Planning Team
Vancouver.ca/falsecreekflats

Historic Lord Strathcona Elementary Opens First Seismic Safe—and Accessible—Building

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Lord Strathcona Elementary

Originally constructed in 1891 and located in the city’s downtown eastside, Lord Strathcona is one of the oldest continuously operating schools in BC. It is the only elementary school in the area and has legal heritage designation from the City of Vancouver.

The first of the three seismically safe buildings opened to over 200 students yesterday. Not only is the new building compliant with current building code performance requirements, it’s been transformed into a bright, open and welcoming space. It also has some much needed improvements for accessibility.

As one parent commented, “MLA Sam Sullivan (came) to visit Lord Strathcona (but) was not able to enter because it was not accessible to those in a wheelchair or even a parent with a child in a stroller. Today, the lower part of the building is accessible. Soon the school will be fully accessible to all!”

When complete, the structurally upgraded school will accommodate up to 510 students, including 60 kindergarten students and 450 grades 1-7 students, and will include additional space for a Neighbourhood Learning Centre to serve the school and area residents with the Lord Strathcona Community Centre.

TransLink looks to muffle SkyTrain after False Creek residents complain about noise

The Vancouver Sun, Saturday, September 24, 2016 Kelly Sinoski

indexTransLink plans to take measures to muffle the noise from SkyTrain as it passes through Vancouver’s northeast False Creek, after residents made a formal complaint Friday over the “constantly clacking” of the trains as they switch the tracks on the stretch between Main Street-Science World and Stadium-Chinatown stations.

Paul Altilia, who has lived in False Creek since 2004, said the noise from the trains is affecting the quality of life for about 4,000 people in the area, who can no longer have a conversation on their balconies or even watch TV with the windows open.

Tests on a cellphone app, he said, show the noise levels have reached as high as 90 decibels, which he said is above the acceptable standard of 55 decibels for the city.

“There has been a consistent progression; the noise levels have significantly increased over the years,” Altilia said. “The continued gentrification is making (the area) desirable but it’s also undermining our quality of life.”

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Residents of Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek are issuing a formal complaint to TransLink over SkyTrain noise, saying it is undermining their quality of life. Jason Payne / PNG

TransLink met with the residents Friday to outline what it is doing to address the situation. SkyTrain boss Vivienne King, who is president of TransLink subsidiary B.C. Rapid Transit Corp., said she will personally visit two of the residents to see what they are experiencing. At the same time, she said, TransLink has a program to reduce SkyTrain noise over the next two years.

Efforts could include replacing older switches, grinding the head of the offending noisy switch and doing “rail profiling,” which shapes the train wheels to match the rails to lessen the noise, she said. TransLink already grinds the switches regularly.

But she acknowledges some of these measures will take time and money and “can’t be done overnight.” TransLink, for instance, plans to buy a grinder — it now rents one — so it has more flexibility over when to use it. And it has more than 100 switches that need to be replaced along the SkyTrain line. These each take at least two days to complete.

“Steel on steel will make noise,” King said. “This has been a 30-year problem and with more density we will get more people buying houses next to rail lines. Noise is an issue in every singe railway … there are many options to address it but they come with very large price tags.”

King noted the stretch between Main and Stadium stations has a 70-metre curve, one of the tightest on the system, which means there is likely to be noise as the trains round the bend — even though the speeds have been reduced to 50 km/h. Some cities have used rubber bats on the side of the rails to muffle the noise, she noted but they proved to be expensive and ineffective as they fell off.

One option, she said, is to have developers pay some of the costs of reducing SkyTrain noise because they are building right up against a rail alignment.

“We’re a very unique railway,” she said. “Being up in the sky puts another challenge on us.”

TransLink board member Larry Beasley agreed it’s important to resolve the issue, given that 10,000 more people are expected to move to the area once the viaducts are removed and replaced by residential towers. Municipalities across Metro Vancouver are building more dense developments in town centres as part of a regional growth strategy to accommodate a million more people by 2040.

Other stories…
False Creek residents file complaint against TransLink over SkyTrain noise
Globalnews.ca
Locals upset with SkyTrain noise in False Creek neighbourhood
News1130
Opinion: Only idiots would move next to SkyTrain then complain about noise
DailyHive

Plaza of Nations Saturday Market

This summer the Plaza of Nations will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace, complete with food trucks, craft beer, and local bands.

The Plaza of Nations Saturday Concerts and Food Truck Festival is being launched by the Northshore Green Markets, the team behind Shipyards Night Market, which takes place Friday nights in summertime in North Vancouver.

When: Every Saturday from June 20 to September 12, 2015 (5 to 10 p.m.)
Where: Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard

Shipyards Friday Night Market on the North Shore

Shipyards Friday Night Market on the North Shore